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Professional Licensure and Certification Requirements

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) - Certification Disclosure

All applicants to the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) online program at Queens University of Charlotte are required to hold a current, unrestricted license to practice in the state in which they will complete any clinical requirements for practicum and residency. 

Clinical Nurse Leader Track

The online CNL track of the MSN program at Queens provides graduates the opportunity to apply to be certified as a Clinical Nurse Leader.  Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Certification is a voluntary process managed nationally by the Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC).  CNL certification recognizes the unique body of knowledge for graduates of master's and post-master's CNL programs and validates a high level of achievement. The exam is based on the CNL Job Analysis study and permits the individual to use the credential of "CNL."  For more information please visit http://www.aacn.nche.edu/cnl-certification.

Nurse Educator Track

The online Nurse Educator track of the MSN program at Queens provides graduates the opportunity to apply for the Certification of Nurse Educators through Option A.  Certification is a voluntary process developed by the National League for Nursing (NLN) Academic Nurse Educator Certification Program (ANECP).  Certification is a mark of distinction for academic nurse educators.  The certification exam is based on the full-scope of the academic nurse educator role.  Those who are successful on the examination may use the credentials of the Certified Nurse Educator (CNE).  For more information, please visit: http://www.nln.org/professional-development-programs/Certification-for-Nurse-Educators.

The online Nurse Educator track of the MSN program at Queens meets the NC Board of Nursing education requirements for faculty who teach in pre-licensure nursing programs in North Carolina according to the Education Rules 21 NCAC 36.0318 Faulty (g) (4) (C).

Nurse Administrator Track

The online Nurse Administrator track of the MSN program at Queens provides graduates the opportunity to apply for the Certification of Nurse Executive offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).  The voluntary certification demonstrates entry-level clinical knowledge and skills of the nurse charged managing the daily operations of a unit or service line.  Those who are successful on the examination may use the credentials: Nurse Executive - Board Certified (NE-BC).  For more information , please visit: http://nursecredentialing.org/NurseExecutive.


Master of Arts in Educational Leadership (MEL) - Licensure Disclosure

The online MEL program meets the applicable state prerequisites for licensure as a Principal or Assistant Principal in North Carolina as listed below:

To Qualify for NC Standard Professional II Principal Grades K-12 License:

School Administrator - Principal

  • Completion of a state-approved program in school administration at the master's level or above.
  • No provisional principal's licenses are issued for service as a principal.

School Administrator - Assistant Principal

  • Completion of a state-approved program in school administration at the master's level or above.
  • Provisional principal's licenses are issued for service as an assistant principal if the local board determines there is a shortage of individuals with principal licensure.
  • Affiliation with a master's school administrator program must occur before the expiration of the provisional license. Provisional principal licenses shall be issued for three school years during which time program requirements must be met.

For more information, please visit:  http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/licensure/administrator

Education Requirements are based on the North Carolina Standards for School Executives.  For a breakdown of the NC Standards for School Executives please visit http://center.ncsu.edu/standards/NCSSE/ncsse.pdf.

All applicants to the online Master of Arts in Educational Leadership (MEL) program at Queens University of Charlotte are advised that individual states impose specific state requirements on all educators and those holding administrative positions within K-12 educational institutions, including those individuals already certified for educational positions by out-of-state entities.

Queens University of Charlotte has not determined if the online Master of Arts in Educational Leadership program meets applicable state prerequisites for licensure in states other than North Carolina.

Each state is unique in its educational licensure requirements.  For more information on state requirements for obtaining educational licensure in a specific state, please consult the list below.
Please note:  Since all situations are unique and requirements may change, Queens University of Charlotte cannot be held responsible or liable for providing this information.

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Queens University of Charlotte is approved by North Carolina to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements.  NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education.
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